The Art of Christian Giving

The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Text: 2 Corinthians 8: 1-9,13-14, 21-24
1  We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,
2  for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
Sermon3  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
4  begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—
5  and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
6  Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.
7  But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
8  I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.
9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
13  For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness
14  your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.
21  for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
22  And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.
23  As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24  So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 585 South St. (Route 75), Suffield CT 06078 USA  http://www.gslcsuffield.com

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